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More than 600 acres permanently protected in Union County - July 27th, 2020

We are proud to announce the protection of two privately owned properties in Union County. read more

The Upstate Update: July 2020 - July 26th, 2020

In this return to our monthly newsletter format, we share news of two newly protected properties in Union County, how some national energy and conservation news could affect us in the Upstate, and more. read more

Greenville County works to update zoning and land development regulations - July 23rd, 2020

Following adoption of a widely supported comprehensive plan earlier this year, Greenville County has kicked off the process of drafting a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Here's what we know. read more

By Lisa Hallo

The Upstate's farms are under threat - July 7th, 2020

We need strong local food systems more than ever, but our region’s farmland is vanishing. read more

By Caitlyn Smith

Balancing growth with character - July 2nd, 2020

Travelers Rest has seized the opportunity to rejuvenate a quiet town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Escarpment with the vision of the vibrant, active community it is today. Patrea St. John, Planning Director for the City of Travelers Rest, shares how and why "TR" has embraced its small-town charm and unique character. read more

By Patrea St. John, Planning Director, Travelers Rest

How a walkable neighborhood changed my life - June 30th, 2020

Land Policy Manager Sherry Barrett reflects on how moving to a walkable Greenville neighborhood has improved her quality of life. read more

By Sherry Barrett

Hear from a city planner why GVL2040 matters - June 15th, 2020

Courtney Powell, Senior Development Planner with the City of Greenville, talks with Upstate Forever about the GVL2040 plan, why it’s important for citizens to get involved, and what happens next. read more

Dr. John Quinn: We should see waterways & forests as economic assets - June 10th, 2020

The environmental aesthetic of the Upstate is something most, if not all, of us value. But how does that relative value translate to dollar value? Dr. John Quinn, an associate professor of Biology at Furman, explores the economic value of our region's natural resources. read more

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